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Top News Links: Thursday, April 28

Berghoff Group coming to Alabama with 100 jobs

A German-based manufacturer, The Berghoff Group, announced Wednesday it has selected Auburn for the location of its first U.S. facility. The company plans to invest approximately $30 million and create about 100 precision machining jobs in Auburn over the next five years. – Auburn Villager

VT Aerospace to get $1M in public funds

The City of Mobile and Mobile County are providing incentives to a major aerospace company. This time it is not to bring jobs to Mobile but to keep them here. VT Aerospace may have been feeling ignored in the hoopla surrounding Airbus locating next door. Airbus has now been around for a year and half, employs 350 people, and has delivered one plane. VT Aerospace has been around 25 years, employs 1,300 and has refurbished thousands of planes. – WKRG

Oxford’s ‘bathroom bill’ generates national buzz

In recent weeks, fights have raged in North Carolina and beyond over “bathroom bills” mandating that people use restrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates. One small city in Alabama just jumped into the fray and, in what may be a first, added what may be a new feature to its bathroom measure: jail time. – Washington Post

UA students presenting findings to B&G partners

With graduation looming, many seniors at the University of Alabama are busy preparing for final exams. For a select group of students, wrapping up the semester means presenting the findings from a research project to management at Brasfield & Gorrie. – News release

Alabama marks anniversary of historic tornado outbreak

On April 27, 2011, a series of tornadoes killed hundreds of people, injured thousands and reduced countless buildings to rubble across a swath of the U.S. More than 120 tornadoes were reported that day — one of the deadliest outbreaks in the nation's history. Five years later, some survivors who are still rebuilding say their lives and towns will never be the same. – AP/Joplin Globe

Laclede Group acquires EnergySouth, Willmut Gas

In the latest move to grow through acquisitions, the Laclede Group announced Tuesday it will add 100,000 customers with the purchase of natural gas utilities in Alabama and Mississippi. The $344 million deal will expand the St. Louis-based Laclede Group’s customer count to nearly 1.7 million. – St. Louis Today

Medical marijuana bill passes Alabama Senate

The Alabama Senate on Wednesday voted 29-3 for a bill to legalize possession of cannabidiol, a medical marijuana substance. Bill sponsor Rep. Paul Sanford says he hopes CBD oil access will provide a little "sunlight" to families struggling with debilitating medical conditions. – OAOA.com

Motion Industries acquiring Colmar Belting

 Birmingham-based Motion Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Colmar Belting Company. In business since 1933, Colmar Belting Company is a regional distributor focused primarily on power transmission and belting sales and service based in South Boston, Mass. – MMH.com

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